After the game, head coach Jason Kidd praised his players for coming together and playing great team basketball on both ends of the court, and he gave a strong vote of confidence to backup point guard Shaun Livingston, who answered the bell in a big way after a first-quarter injury to starter Deron Williams.
[sny-box]"That's why we wanted him. I'm a big fan of Shaun. Running the offense, understanding when to look for his [shots], he ran the pick-and-roll extremely well [...] [and] defensively, he was big for us. You tip your hat to him because he was a big part of it."[/sny-box]
Livingston had a team-high +16 plus/minus in 37 minutes of action, a season-high in minutes for the 28-year-old veteran. Livingston shot 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line, adding six assists, two steals, three rebounds and a block, with only two turnovers. In fact, the Nets as a team did not have a single turnover in the third or fourth quarters at all.
Even without their star point guard, the Nets were able to play a complete game and they didn't miss a beat. All 13 Nets players got minutes, and everybody contributed to the victory in their own way. Kidd and the Nets are certainly comfortable with Livingston running the point, and no matter how serious Williams's ankle injury proves to be, Livingston has emerged as a guy who is always ready when his number's called.